Linesman Cliff Thompson .
"The Rocket" proved he was no fluke in 1944 45, his 50 goals in 50 games season. He had 10 multi goal games and notched No. 50 in the Canadiens' final game. Along the way, he missed the morning skate on Dec. 28, 1944, to move furniture into a new home. After convincing Irvin to put him in the lineup, Richard scored five goals and had three assists for Mens Adidas Gazelle Trainers a then NHL record eight points in a 9 1 win over Detroit. In 1946, Richard helped Montreal win its second Cup in three seasons. The next year he led the NHL with 45 goals and won his only Hart Trophy Adidas Gazelle For Men
ness, Canadiens coach Dick Irvin predicted, "Not only will he be a star, but he'll be the biggest star in hockey. "Even though he was a left handed shooter, Richard was a right wing attacker, and that made for a perfect fit with center Elmer Lach and left wing Toe Blake. In 1943 44, the three formed the famed "Punch Line. "After scoring only nine goals in the first 28 games, Richard notched 23 in his last 18. That was just a prelude to his breakout performance in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup semifinals. Toronto's Bob Davidson was assigned to shadow Richard. "He stayed so close to me [in Game 1] that I got angry," Richard said. "I remember going up to their goalie, Paul Bibeault, and telling him things would be different in the next game. "Were they ever. Richard scored twice in 17 seconds of the second period. He finished with three goals that period and five that night to tie a playoff record in the Canadiens' 5 1 victory. With Richard Adidas Gazelle 2 Indigo
scoring 12 goals in nine playoff games,Rocket Richard (left) was the first NHL player to score 50 goals in 50 games. Montreal defeated Toronto and Chicago to win the Stanley Cup for the first time in 13 years.
as MVP. As the forties ended and fifties began, the emergence of Detroit's Gordie Howe led many fans to debate who was better Richard or Howe? Both right wings seemed energized by the rivalry. Although injuries limited Richard to 48 games in the Adidas Gazelle Light Green
1951 52 regular season, "The Rocket" fired off perhaps his most storied moment in the 1952 Stanley Cup semifinals. In the second period of Game 7, Richard was checked by Bruins forward Leo Labine and fell headfirst to the ice. A hushed Forum crowd watched as Richard lay unconscious.
He should have been done for the night. He wasn't. With four minutes left and the score tied, Richard, with a bandage covering six stitches, made one of his famous rink length dashes. He skated around three Bruins before scoring the series winning goal as the crowd gave him a four minute standing ovation. Individually, Richard continued to dominate. He broke Nels Stewart's NHL career record on Nov. 8, 1952 with his 325th goal and the Canadiens won another Cup that season. But that victory was an exception. Detroit dominated from 1950 55. Montreal's Cup drought contributed to Richard's frustration, his anger and, eventually, a contagious rage. On March 13, 1955 in Boston, Richard's head was cut by Hal Laycoe. Richard retaliated, going after his former teammate with his stick.
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